Wynne - Zevran banters [2/7]
Wynne says “are you willing to talk seriously” but she hasn’t listened to Zevran. She wants him to complete the narrative in her head, which is that he regrets who he’s become and wishes to be welcomed into mainstream society, that he was “bad” then and now he’s “good”. More than that, she pries repeatedly and insists that is what he must want, to divulge all of the things he’s ashamed of and be forgiven, particularly by her. As if he should care what she thinks or has some authority over him! She simply assumes she knows what he needs, and for some weird reason it involves him giving her an answer she approves of. It’s condescending, pure and simple - the same narrow minded view that drove her elvhen apprentice away.
Rather than making an argument out of the conversation, Zevran shifts the banter to something he knows will make her awkward and uncomfortable and make her back off. It’s easy to read it as “lol that Zev what a perv he’s obsessed with Wynne’s boobs” but while he may genuinely feel they’re fabulous, that’s not the reason he picked them to end the conversation. And he even let Wynne think she was the one who ended it.
He could use other weapons. He could easily turn the tables on her, and bring up uncomfortable things, such as her role enabling the mage’s tower, if she ever looked the other way while templars harmed a mage, if one of her students committed suicide or was made tranquil how did she feel? He could get nasty and personal with her, turning around her invasive violation of his privacy, the way she seeks to rip open wounds. Yet would doing that, or honestly telling her off be of any benefit to him? It might become more obvious he was deflecting the attention. It might help her realize her hypocrisy, but it also might lend credence to the idea her thoughts and opinions mattered to him, or upset her to the point it genuinely caused a disturbance in the party.
Zevran deliberately cultivates the image of someone not to be taken seriously. But he reads people well. His jokes and constantly pushing at social boundaries are a form of manipulation. Stress people out, bring them out of their comfort zones and you’ll learn them well. He projects the image he wants and enforces it, all while keeping them at arms length.
Besides, he says plenty about his opinion on who he was in the past, if you listen to his jokes about it. In fact an observant person might realize in some way he is desperate to prove he is happy, he is alright with who he is, the things that shattered him are no big deal.
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